Hey Salem, Do You Worry About Your Packages?

With a recent package theft making headlines in Salem, we have to ask: do you worry about the safety of your packages?

The story of Bill Bushong's stolen birdcage and the video surveillance he captured of a woman stealing a package from his front porch was featured on a handful of local news stations last night and has captured the attention of city residents and many of our readers.

So, we have to ask: do you regularly have packages delivered to or picked up from your front doorstep in Salem?

Do you ever worry that the items you order won't be there when you get home?

Do incidents like the recent theft on Mason Street have you mulling over the installation of surveillance equipment of your own?

How can similar thefts be prevented in the future?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Thomas Stirling January 02, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I do now, did they catch this person yet?
Leonard Nicodemo January 02, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I had a package (a textbook) stolen off my porch last fall. Bummer. Can't imagine the thief was too excited when they opened it.
Thomas Stirling January 02, 2013 at 03:37 PM
They likely sold it for decent money though, school books are usually very expensive.
Bryan Karsis January 02, 2013 at 04:13 PM
One package mishap several years ago was enough for me, and now I have all packages shipped to my work address.
Christopher Jalbert January 02, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I have always had things shipped to my work address. For this exact reason. I'm never home to receive a package, and I don't want it laying around on my front stairs. I also live in a 3 floor multifamily house with college kids downstairs. I don't trust them as far as I can throw them.
Northshore123 January 02, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Last summer I found a package for my neighbor, ripped open and then tossed into my bushes. Apparently the thief was unhappy with the boring contents inside. I agree, anything of value I have shipped to work.
Roxie January 02, 2013 at 05:03 PM
I rent a mailbox at the UPS store and have my packages delivered there. It's kind of expensive, but worth the peace of mind knowing there's someone there to sign for it and that my packages are safe until I can pick them up.
Bill January 02, 2013 at 06:46 PM
A detective called me this morning and said that they have several leads that they would check into today, but I have not heard anything else... yet :)
Nancy Gilberg January 02, 2013 at 08:01 PM
There are many large birdcages for sale on Craigslist, including one "brand new; bought and assembled it; decided it was too big."
Chris Helms (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Nice detective work, Nancy!
discusting January 03, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I know who she is..
discusting January 03, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Bill what is your phone # i know who it is!!
discusting January 03, 2013 at 02:05 AM
So anything yet does anyone have and idea yet... Did they finder her?? i know her for a fact!!
Bill January 03, 2013 at 02:42 AM
You do! Awesome! I don't feel comfortable putting my number up here, but the detective that is looking into this is Detective Sano. If you call Salem non-emergency line (978-744-1212), she will be happy to get it! Thank you!!!
Bill January 03, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Thank you Nancy! I have been checking Craigslist every day... there are so many that are close, but not quite... ARGH I hope we get her! Thanks, Bill
howsyourbooks January 03, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I have a funny story about packages....but gas more to do with a postal key and trying to intercept important mail.....its not like I have a tape of the instruction they Myst return key or anything....cya corrupt ladies and gents....
Bill January 03, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Have you been able to call?
discusting January 04, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Sorry bill. but honestly i was looking to help you out.. not comfortable with putting my identity out their sorry!
Simon Vaughn Markham January 04, 2013 at 04:25 AM
I wish somebody would ATTEMPT to steal a package from my porch. My german shepherd would have taught this woman a lesson about stealing things from people's properties.
Bob January 04, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Bob January 04, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Ya but, Dog has to be out on the porch. Besides, you would get arrested for assault and battery by a canine. Sent to jail. End up in court. Up against a strict judge who sticks up for the rights of a thief, and you end up with 1 year in prison doing hard labor. Just Saying.
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Nancy ,there is another sight that people with stolen stuff should look at "I found it by accident , Its the same as Craigslist only what that site don't allow this one does I heard. People by and sell on this site and is very popular. its the same as Craigslist so you can investigate there to for stolen stuff. its called , Backpage.


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